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What is the difference between the symptoms of vertigo and symptoms of orthostatic hypotension?

What is the difference between the symptoms of vertigo and symptoms of orthostatic hypotension?

Motion vs. Lighthead: Vertigo is defined as "the sensation of motion in the absence of motion." this will lead to the feeling that either you are moving in some way (spinning is common) or your environment is moving. People with orthostatic hypotension do not typically complain of motion, rather they feel as if they are lightheaded or as if they might faint. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more


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Beensickwithoffbalance, vertigo, and orthostatic hypotension. Was also hospitalized severe dehydration all test negativ including HIV. Have hsv1&2&hpv?

Beensickwithoffbalance, vertigo, and orthostatic hypotension. Was also hospitalized severe dehydration all test negativ including HIV. Have hsv1&2&hpv?

Here are some...: Sorry to hear your suffering from such a big cluster of symptoms. At present, just follow care & instructions from the attending doc; besides and meanwhile, determine to push yourself to do something within your control, that is, quality healthy lifestyle without overindulgence & obsession as described in http://formefirst. Com/eMagicPowerUHL. Html & in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter. Html. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension about 6 years ago. Lately I've been experiencing more often dizziness, headaches, and vision going black.

I was diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension about 6 years ago. Lately I've been experiencing more often dizziness, headaches, and vision going black.

Needs evaluation.: You deserve to have a careful cardiovascular exam, including a check of your blood pressure sitting and standing and, perhaps, a tilt-table test. Treatment is readily available but requires documentation of what's wrong. ...Read more

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Does dysautonomia (MSA) always cause dizziness and orthostatic hypotension upon standing?

Does dysautonomia (MSA) always cause dizziness and orthostatic hypotension upon standing?

Not if well controld: Sorry for the misspelling up top Laura but I only had 20 letters to use so I had to make an EXECUTIVE decision to violate one of my rule on always making sure my paper had NO spelling mistakes before turning it in to my teacher! LOL. If a person with TRUE MSA were well controlled (how's that?) with fluids, compression stockings, appropriate meds, etc. Then, folks can stand without being dizzy. ...Read more

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My 13 yr old c/o dizziness when getting up too quickly. Is she too young to experience orthostatic hypotension? What else could be causing this?

My 13 yr old c/o dizziness when getting up too quickly. Is she too young to experience orthostatic hypotension? What else could be causing this?

She's not too young: Depending upon diet and hydration she is not too young to have orthostatic symptoms. As far as I am concerned symptoms that you describe represent orthostatic changes until proven otherwise. In the absence of the sensation of motion it is not a vestibular issue. ...Read more

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Could my headaches and dizziness be orthostatic hypotension, I've been experiencing it on and off for a year but gets worse for periods of time?

Could my headaches and dizziness be orthostatic hypotension, I've been experiencing it on and off for a year but gets worse for periods of time?

Not most likely: More likely causes out there for episodic causes of headaches with dizziness. Orthostatic hypotension isn't typically associated with headache, more lightheadedness. Intracranial hypotension is associated with headache but is positional, worse with standing and better with lying down, rather than "on and off...gets worse for periods of time." ...Read more

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My EKG showed sinus bradycardia, possible Left atrial enlargement, RSR' or QR pattern in V1 suggests right ventricular conduction delay. I'm 39 y/o female with orthostatic hypotension & frequent dizziness, but otherwise healthy & a runner. Any concern?

My EKG showed sinus bradycardia, possible Left atrial enlargement, RSR' or QR pattern in V1 suggests right ventricular conduction delay. I'm 39 y/o female with orthostatic hypotension & frequent dizziness, but otherwise healthy & a runner. Any concern?

I'm good with this: These little variations on the way in which the heartbeat is propagated are common and almost never mean anything. Your bradycardia is healthy if you are a runner. You may want to try a table tilt test to see whether you have more tendency to be orthostatic than other folks; if you stay well-hydrated and haven't had syncopal episodes from it, it may not be a problem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between postural hypotension and orthostatic hypotension?

What is the difference between postural hypotension and orthostatic hypotension?

Semantics: They mean the same thing. Postural hypotension theoretically could mean any change in posture that induces low blood pressure, but in reality this is only seen when assuming a standing-up position from seated or lying down. Orthostatic hypotension describes the same phenomenon. ...Read more

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Is there a difference bet. Orthostatic hypotension and hypotension?

Is there a difference bet. Orthostatic hypotension and hypotension?

Yes: Orthostatic hypotension is change in blood pressure due to change in position. A low blood pressure may occur when you stand up. Hypotension is low blood pressure at all times, regardless of position ...Read more

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My blood pressure is 112/50 and I have symptoms of orthostatic hypotension. Do I really have the illness?

My blood pressure is 112/50 and I have symptoms of orthostatic hypotension. Do I really have the illness?

Orthostatic: You will need a proper assessment of supine and standing BP preformed correctly with a manual cuff to confirm your suspicion by a competent physician with attention to detail and measurement protocol. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension? Is pain on shoulders one of them?

What are the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension? Is pain on shoulders one of them?

Orthostatic hypotens: Pain in shoulders is not usually a symptom of orthostatic conditions unless you fall and injure the shoulder. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Orthostatic hypotension with 10 year old scrotal hernia. Are they connected? Is it serious?

Symptoms of Orthostatic hypotension with 10 year old scrotal hernia. Are they connected? Is it serious?

Doubt it: See a doctor and get the hypotension evaluated. I think you should also address the hernia, shouldn't let that go for so long, I imagine it doesn't bother you if you've waited that long with out fixing things??? ...Read more

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Is orthostatic hypotension one of the symptoms of hypernatremia?

Possibly but unusual: Hypernatremia is usually caused by loss of water in excess of loss of salt. Since one of the signs of dehydration is orthostatic hypotension it is possible. The most common symptom of hypernatremia is confusion/lethargy. ...Read more

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In someone with orthostatic hypotension, how long do symptoms like headache last? Permanently until treated, 10 minutes after standing, 5 minutes...?

In someone with orthostatic hypotension, how long do symptoms like headache last? Permanently until treated, 10 minutes after standing, 5 minutes...?

Up to 5 minutes.: The symptoms should normally last up to 5 minutes. However the patient has to be very careful and whenever he gets the symptoms of hypotension he should immediately lie down to avoid loss of consciousness. This will also help getting rid of dizziness and headache. It is always better to treat the cause of hypotension. ...Read more

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I have orthostatic hypotension. Is there a way for me to ease the symptoms?

I have orthostatic hypotension. Is there a way for me to ease the symptoms?

Orthostatic hypotens: The significance has to do with the problems caused by dropping blood pressure with position change. This can be very problematic for people. See the following wiki for more details:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/orthostatic_hypotension. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from orthostatic hypotension my dr said to increase salt intake but my BP is 140/93, is there anything else I can do to relieve symptoms?

I'm suffering from orthostatic hypotension my dr said to increase salt intake but my BP is 140/93, is there anything else I can do to relieve symptoms?

Yes.: Usually symptoms occur when you get up suddenly. So if laying down, sit for a while then get up slowly. Blood pressure is currently high (hypertension), could be causing symptoms, and would merit a doctor visit to control your blood pressure if it continues that high. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is 112/50 and I'm having some orthostatic hypotension symptoms. Do I have low blood pressure?

My blood pressure is 112/50 and I'm having some orthostatic hypotension symptoms. Do I have low blood pressure?

Blood pressure: In general 112/50 is normal. If you have orthostatic symptoms, it could be related to the baseline lowish blood pressure complicated by hypovolemia, venous insufficiency or other conditions. It would be a good idea to see your doctor and have the orthostatic symptoms evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm 28have orthostatic hypotension and vertigo I weigh 194 at 5"2 my blood pressure keeps dropping any suggestions all test came back normal. No disease?

I'm 28have orthostatic hypotension and vertigo I weigh 194 at 5"2 my blood pressure keeps dropping any suggestions all test came back normal. No disease?

Yes disease: At 5'2" and 194 pounds, a person has at least one major disease in need of evaluation and treatment... obesity (unless the excess weight is muscle). Her primary care doctor can check further to see why the obesity is there, and to see if there is a hormonal imbalance. The orthostatic hypotension may or may not be related (either directly or indirectly) to obesity. ...Read more

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Dizziness standing up, just sitting, middle of the night & with head movement, pressure behind eyes. Possible to have orthostatic hypotension & bppv?

Possible: But not likely. I would see your doctor to sort it out. He/She can take blood pressure and heart rate measurements to see if you are actually orthostatic. If not then the vertigo is the culprit and that can be addressed. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety cause orthostatic hypotension?

Can severe anxiety cause orthostatic hypotension?

Yes, but rare: Anxiety can have a myriad of effects, and it could cause this. Basically it is a fall in blood pressure due to positional changes, and would be more common for anxiety to raise blood pressure than reduce it, but it could be rarely implicated. It can have many causes from innocuous sources to serious medical problems. If occurs often see your md to rule out problems. ...Read more

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How to treat orthostatic hypotension in 16 year old female?

How to treat orthostatic hypotension in 16 year old female?

Please clarify: That's like asking, "How do I not ruin casseroles? " It's only the beginning, not the end. How orthostatic? How hypotensive? Need frequency, duration, precipitating circumstances and numbers: Blood pressures, heart rates, etc. You can't possibly expect a 10-word post with no information to elicit a useful answer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have orthostatic hypotension even though I run cross-country?

Orthostatic: Running cross country and having orthostatic hypotension do not have to any intimate relationship as the hypotension may be related to an overactive vaso vagal reflex. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do to prevent the side effects of my orthostatic hypotension?

Please tell me what can I do to prevent the side effects of my orthostatic hypotension?

Blood pressure: You can increase the fluids and salt in your diet, wear support hose and pay attention when you are standing up to do it slowly. ...Read more

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Can you explain the mechanism of orthostatic hypotension that occures due to use levodopa?

Can you explain the mechanism of orthostatic hypotension that occures due to use levodopa?

Orthostatic hypotens: Orthostatic hypotension — also called postural hypotension — is a form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down.
In a series of 100 patients treated with levodopa, 25 developed significant orthostatic hypotension (ann intern med. 1970;72 (5):751-752. Doi:10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-751). ...Read more

Dr. Chirag Patel
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Postural Hypotension (Definition)

Postural hypotension describes a phenomenon that occurs in some people -- usually otherwise healthy -- in which after they rise from either a prone, or sitting, position their blood pressure quickly becomes lower. As a consequence, the affected person becomes uncomfortably dizzy, or lightheaded for ...Read more


Dr. Mohamad Ali
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Low Blood Pressure On Standing (Definition)

I think you are referring to orthostatic hypotension. It is defined as a fall in systolic blood pressure of at least 20 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure of at least 10 mm Hg when a person ...Read more